Press: Hoge Venture

The News gets a publisher

For 25 years, as he rose through the ranks of the Chicago Sun-Times from police reporter to editor and then publisher, James Hoge regarded the city's Tribune as the enemy camp in a chivalrous newspaper war. Hoge, 48, sought to increase his stake in the rivalry last year when the Sun-Times (circ. 639,000) was offered for sale, and he led an investor group that bid $63 million. The price was topped, however, by Australian Press Lord Rupert Murdoch, and a disheartened Hoge quit the paper in January. Last week he crossed his former battle lines: in April...

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